Dr. Andrew Davis
Philosophy of Education
Ph.D Philosophy of Religion - with Richard Swinburne
Former Primary Teacher –mainly Early Years
Cambridge and Durham Universities – Initial Teacher training with primary partnership schools for 20 years. Many LEAs.
Formerly Director Primary PGCE Durham University and Convenor of Primary Mathematics provision.
Former Open University Tutor: Research MA Political Philosophy, Dissertation, Philosophy of Mind
Currently Honorary Research Fellow School of Education Durham University
Assistant Editor Journal of Philosophy of Education
“To Read or not to Read: Decoding Synthetic Phonics” (2013),
“New Philosophies of Learning” (2009)
“The Limits of Educational Assessment” (1998)
"Educational Assessment on Trial" 2015 (with Winch and Lum)
“Mathematical Knowledge for Primary Teachers” (5th edition 2017)
"Dyslexia: Developing the Debate" (2016) (with Elliott and Nicolson)
"A Critique of Pure Teaching Methods and the Case of Synthetic Phonics" (2017)
Reading: a philosophical investigation. All that you wanted to know about the flaws in the Simple View of Reading, and did dare to ask:
What does it mean to say that learning disorders such as dyslexia exist, or.. do not exist?
Researching teaching methods.. an overblown project?
Talking about learning and teaching: the constructivism metaphor and its 'opposite'.. transmission. These metaphors only take us so far, and may spawn false dichotomies.
Using neuroscience to support particular approaches to the teaching of reading: this particular example really really doesn't work!